Dear All,

There is a chill in the air, pumpkins are being carved, lots of homes have festive decorations, and soon it will be time for those little “ghosts and goblins and other tiny creatures to go venturing out.  The “Trick or Treating” hours for Indianapolis this year, as well as our immediate area, are on October 31st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Do be careful Halloween night, and extra cautious when driving, as when children are out they are excited and may not be paying close attention to a vehicle traveling down the road.  Some may not be able to see as well or walk normally with their costumes on either.  Please take care if you are out and about.

Anyone interested in a bit of trivia?  Do you know what is the most popular Halloween Candy in Indiana?  The top three are:  Hot Tamales, Starburst, and Jolly Ranchers.  Overall in the United States it is:  Skittles, M & M’s, and Snickers.  The site that I looked this up on also had a map that you could check out each state by landing on it.  For those who like trivia, it was interesting.  I must say – I am partial to chocolate.

I have really enjoyed all the Halloween and Fall Decorations that I have seen when I have been out and about in neighborhoods.  It certainly makes things look quite festive!

For those of you who are taking children out – do observe the hours, follow safety precautions, be safe, and have fun!  If  you are participating in this year’s Halloween festivities, please consider the following safety tips. 

If you are participating in this year’s Halloween festivities please consider the following safety tips:


  • Wear light-colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape


  • Wear fire-resistant costumes
  • Make sure children can see well through face masks
  • Don’t wear masks or disguises into businesses
  • Adults should accompany young children and children with special needs
  • Go out in daylight hours if possible or carry a flashlight if you’ll be out after dark Motorists are reminded to slow down and be aware of their surroundings
  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged treats
  • Examine all treats before allowing children to eat them.
  • If you find a suspicious item, contact police as soon as possible at 317-327-3811 or 311 from a cell phone
  • If injury is involved, dial 911
  • Avoid props such as toy guns, which can look real
  • Consider block parties instead of trick-or-treating
  • Don’t fire guns – it’s illegal and – what goes up, must come down
  • Check the weather and have appropriate dress under costumes in the event of cold temperatures 


Janice McHenry

City-County Councillor District 6


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